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March 14, 1999

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Virginia men’s tennis team opened its southern spring break trip on a down note today by losing to South Florida 5-2 at the USF Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla. The loss snapped a two-match winning streak for the Cavaliers, who fall to 5-2 this season. The Bulls, ranked 41st nationally, improved to 10-2 this season.

Virginia grabbed the early lead by claiming the doubles point, winning two of three doubles matches. South Florida rebounded by with five wins in singles, including three-set victories at #1 and #4.

Senior co-captain Hyon Yoo was Virginia’s lone singles winner. He scored a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win over Stephen Capriati at #3.

The Bulls clinched the win as Boris Babic outlasted Tommy Croker 7-5, 0-6, 7-5 (7-3) at #4.

South Florida’s Fabio Tintori, ranked 74th nationally, overcame cramps to down Huntley Montgomery 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3) in a three-hour, five-minute match at #1.

The Cavaliers return to action on Monday at Florida State. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

#41 South Florida 5, #31 Virginia 2

1.#74 Fabio Tintori (SF) def. Huntley Montgomery 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3)
2.Matt Guyaux (SF) def. John Winter 6-0, 6-3
3.Hyon Yoo (V) def. Stephen Capriati 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
4.Boris Babic (SF) def. Tommy Croker 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (7-3)
5.Aleks Popovic (SF) def. Brian Hunter 6-1, 6-0
6.Silviu Nistor (SF) def. Kent Koch 6-3, 6-2

1.#30 Tintori/Guyaux (SF) def. #49 Montgomery/Brian Vahaly 9-8 (7-4)
2.Croker/Winter (V) def. Babic/Capriati 8-2
3.Hunter/Yoo (V) def. Nistor/Popovic 8-3

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